7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

1
night
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ouray online journey planner .

Los Angeles to Ouray is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Los Angeles in September: highs in Ouray hover around 66°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then trek along Piedra River Trail, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 44°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and finally take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 18th (Wed), walk around The John Denver Sanctuary, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Aspen using our trip planner.

Do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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